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Grand adventure tale -- showing the famous war correspondent in a new role. That of official interpretor for Com. Smith --generally known to everyone as ""Smitty"" in Shanghai before the war, and on the Coast and rivers where he was openly a pilot, and secretly assigned to report on pirates, spies, etc. Of course he was promptly taken prisoner after Pearl Harbor; he escaped, was recaptured, and -- along with a British naval officer and a marine, escaped a second time, and through the Chinese Underground was passed from community to community until they reached safety. Part of the book deals with Smith's escape mentally -- and emotionally -- during his period of solitary confinement, into a complete recall of his life -- childhood -- marriage -- thrillers on the high seas, -- much of which reads like a Conrad saga. Throughout the story, there are graphic details of Japanese cruelties -- Chinese kindliness -- human suffering. For a time after his known rescue, Washington held him ""officially dead"". Now his story can be told. And what a story it is! And what a story teller

Pub Date: Nov. 19th, 1945
Publisher: Random House